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Hunter Legend 37.5
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Description: Hunter Legend 37.5
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat January 4, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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FRACTIONAL RIG.MAIN WITH FULL BATTENS,DUTCHMAN SYSTEM TO INCLUDE BATTEN CARS. AIRCONDITIONING 16000BTU AND 12V REF. ADDED EXTERNAL DOCKSIDE WATER ON DEMAND. STRONG BOAT, VERY FAST .LIKES 10-12 KNOTS. AND DOES 7K EASILY ON CHESAPEAKE BAY. RAISING BIG MAIN IS A BEAR, AND ONLY ONE PERSON HAS HAND PULLED SAIL TO MAST-TOP. GREAT BOAT WITH LOTS OF ROOM
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Review Date: Tue October 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great boat, very fast, very well finshed. I have made many modification to the boat. Commissioned the boat myself, installed all the electronics.
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Review Date: Wed December 16, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fractional rig makes sail handling easier than masthead rig. Hood LD roller furling which came with boat is not reliable in heavy winds. It slips. All halyards and sail handling lines are lead back to cockpit through deck organizer which makes solo sailing a breeze. Plexiglas (or Lexan) deck hatches will not seal, even with new gaskets. Cheap Hunter hatches need to be replaced with proper metal framed offshore hatches. Straight sheerline and low freeboard at bow cause the bow to dig into waves resulting in green water rushing over the deck and into the cockpit. Downwind performance was poor until I added an asymmetrical spinnaker. It solved the downwind performance problem. Unless you have an experienced crew, a spinnaker sleeve is a necessity on a spinnaker this size (890 sq. ft.). It is a performance (not racing) cruising sailboat with a lot of room below decks, but is short on outside storage. There are no suitable lockers/shelves for inflatable dinghy, sail storage, winch handles, sail covers, etc. Hunter specs CNG for galley stove. CNG is difficult to obtain along the Texas Gulf Coast. Propane conversion costs about $2,000. Shoal draft of 5 feet is an important feature when sailing in the Galveston Bay area and along most of the Texas Gulf Coast. The 30 hp Yanmar diesel is noisey and vibrates much more than comparible diesels on other boats I have sailed. The windows in the hull (below the toe rail) leak. They make for a nice bright interior, but at the sacrifice of hull integrity. Those windows go underwater a lot in 6 to 10 foot waves that I encounter out in the Gulf of Mexico. Overall I am satisfied with the 37.5, but it will take about $10,000 of upgrades to make the basic Hunter "quality" suitable for coastal cruising.
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Review Date: Thu January 14, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have had nothing but headaches since I purchased this vessel in 1997. Blisters pop up almost daily, the structural kind not the cosmetic ones. The builder has been less than forthcoming and the dealer no longer answers my calls. The core has become waterlogged and there are sevral soft spots in the hull forward of the mast step where the laminate is failing. I will never buy another cored hull or Hunter product again. They just do not hold up.
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Review Date: Tue July 25, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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last of the back-stayed, square cockpit legends. sails incredibly fast, but needs reef over 20 knots. great accomodations, every inch of space is used. recommend an electric winch for the main halyard- it takes forever to hoist. in light to moderate wind she is as fast as any boat. in heavy air she is easily reefed, and mid-boom traveller makes it a stable vessel in any blow.the yanmar diesel is a dream- access from all directions but down. plumbing is cheap, and easily upgraded. interior stain on wood is water soluable! overhead hatch in main companionway is prone to slight leak in heavy rain. over-all, for the price its unbeatable
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Registered: January 2005
Review Date: Fri January 21, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have had the boat for 1 year and am absolutely amazed as to how forgiving and responsive this boat has been. Every part of the boat is designed to last. Maintenance is part of the game and I was happy to discover that I am working with top of the line equipment. I expect to keep this boat for a long time as we expand our cruising range.
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Registered: August 2004
Review Date: Tue February 1, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My family owns a 1990 Hunter 37.5. We purchased it in early 2004 and sailed her throughout the summer. She is a wonderful sailboat. It's a cruiser, not a racer. We have had no problems with it that would not be expected on a boat of its age. The hull is in perfect condition. The fiberglass is still glossy. She sails beautifully with a furling main (added '02) and a 130% Genoa. The Yanmar diesel fires instantly and runs as smooth as a new one.
Referencing another review of a '90 37.5, the only way one of these boats would have the problems that the boat in the review had is because of owner neglect. Water is a nasty environment, if you want something to last in it, you MUST take care of it. (It also sounds like they didnít have the boat surveyed well; one of the most crucial steps in purchasing a sailboat)
We love ours; it is spacious, comfortable, and fun!
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